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The Centre

The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) is a unique national and international centre, a leading research think-tank on Indigenous policy issues, and operates in a complex political arena. Since 1990 it has established an unrivalled reputation and track record in a difficult public policy area of national significance. A central goal at CAEPR is to continue to create and build long-term partnerships with Indigenous stakeholders with a view to supporting and working with key individuals and organisations in the areas of research, education and policy development.

The Centre is funded from a variety of sources including the ANU, the Australian Research Council, industry and philanthropic partners, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and State and Territory governments. The principal objective of CAEPR is to undertake high-quality, independent research that will assist in furthering the social and economic development and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia. It aims to combine academic and teaching excellence on Indigenous economic and social development and public policy with realism, objectivity and relevance.

Research and education

CAEPR undertakes evidence-based research on a rolling triennial research program. This theoretically and historically informed scholarship is underpinned by rigorous methodology.

The Centre's education role extends to undergraduate courses, masters and doctoral scholars, and our Graduate Program in Indigenous Policy, which is located as a specialisation in the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD), or the highly flexible Graduate Studies Select Program at ANU. 

CAEPR staff also conduct fee for service courses under the auspices of the Australian National Institute for Public Policy, in the form of executive workshops on Indigenous-related topics.


Each year CAEPR staff undertake commissioned consultancies for agencies such as land councils and native title representative bodies, Commonwealth and State government departments and agencies.

All consultancies undertaken by CAEPR staff must be approved by the Director. Consultancies must be closely associated with CAEPR's overall research objectiv